5 DIY Homemade Cleaners Your Apartment Needs

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5 DIY Homemade Cleaners Your Apartment Needs

The number of natural cleaning products on the market is pretty extensive. Have you ever considered using homemade cleaners? Before making a purchase today, many people question how healthy it is. This applies whether it’s fresh produce, a cleaning product or skincare item. If you check in stores or online, you will notice that using healthier alternatives comes with a premium. How do you achieve a natural clean without the hefty cost? Create your homemade household cleaners!


What are the benefits of homemade cleaning products?

First and foremost, they are completely natural. While you wouldn’t want anyone to drink them, they do not contain hazardous chemicals, synthetic fragrances, or harmful endocrine blockers. This is especially important if you have small children in your apartment with you.

These solutions work! They are tough on soap scum without being tough to create. Though they are craft to be natural cleaning products, it doesn’ compromise their effectiveness.


How do you make natural cleaning products?

While each of these cleaning recipes varies depending on its use, there are many common ingredients. The most popular ones are baking soda, distilled white vinegar, warm water, and essential oil. It’s a great idea to stay stocked up on these main elements so you can whip up a solution whenever necessary. To be more eco-conscious, mix your solution in a glass spray bottle instead of plastic. Be especially mindful of your mixture – do not create a dangerous interaction. (For example, never mix ammonia and chlorine bleach).


What are the best homemade cleaning solutions?

The number of solutions you can create is virtually limitless; however, here are five of the very best DIY cleaners.

  1.     DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

Have you asked yourself, what is the best homemade all-purpose cleaner? Look no further.

This effectively cleans almost any surface, including kitchens, bathrooms, and glass tables. (If you have to clean specific kitchen items like butcher blocks, simple table salt is a great alternative). To make a 24-ounce bottle of all-purpose solution, use the following ingredients:

  •     2 cups water
  •     3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  •     1/2 cup white vinegar
  •     1 teaspoon unscented liquid Castile soap (typically made from olive oil)
  •     10 drops of tea tree oil (acts as an antibacterial)
  •     15-20 drops lavender or your favorite essential oil (for fragrance)


  1.     Natural Floor Cleaner

Perhaps one of the most used DIY cleaners, this combination is simple, yet powerful. (Don’t use vinegar on stone surfaces!)

  •     1/2 cup of vinegar
  •     1 gallon of water (distilled)


  1.     Homemade Dusting Spray

Compliment this spray with a soft microfiber cloth for effective and natural dusting.

  •     ½ cup vinegar
  •     1 cup of water
  •     1 teaspoon of lemon juice


  1.     Tough Carpet Cleaner

While the key to stain removal is how quickly you get to it, the cleaning product you use also plays a factor in its permanency. While there are some great carpet-cleaning hacks, here is a great solution:

  • Baking soda
  • Natural dish soap or laundry soap (scented or unscented depending on your preference)
  • White vinegar
  • Hot water


  1.     Toilet Bowl Solution

This is a one-ingredient wonder – white vinegar! If you prefer a scent, add some drops of your favorite essential oil as well.


How quickly should I make the switch?

Our suggestion is now. If you’re moving into a new apartment, it’s the perfect time to start new habits! With natural cleaning products, you will achieve a sparkling clean, and healthy home at a fraction of the cost. 


Linda Floyd

Linda Floyd

Owner-Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning

Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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